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Public spaces across Auckland to get Māori names
Hundreds of public spaces have been put forward for a Māori name in Auckland.

The naming proposal was a part of an Auckland-wide local board project to having te reo Māori more widely spoken, heard and seen throughout the region.

"When people come to some of our parks and community facilities we want them to get a greater sense of the history of our area, including our Māori history," Flavell said.

The dual naming project would not remove or translate existing names, but add a new Māori name to it, Flavell said.....

Tertiary Institutions failing Māori could lose funding
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) says tertiary institutions may lose funding if they don't improve the success rate of Māori and Pasifika students.

The commission's chief advisor Māori, Paora Ammunson says, “If there’s no change we will want to move funding either within an institution or into another part of the sector if there’s someone else delivering success."....

$410 a month for Reo not enough says Puna Reo manager
Education Minister Chris Hipkins has agreed to review the level of funding for te reo Māori resources in response to cries for better resourcing from Puna Reo operators.

Te Kōhao Kōhungahunga (Puna Reo) manager Tere Gilbert says her center only receives around $410 per month for their Māori language subjects......

Hato Petera supporters protest parliament, lodge Treaty claim
A small group of Hato Petera College supporters took to parliament to protest the school's potential closure and announce the filing of a Treaty claim to address the issue. However, no one was there to receive them at parliament.

The group lodged a Treaty claim today hoping it could bring results.....

Liquor licence for south Auckland tavern declined, again
Māori warden, David Rātu from Turehou Māori Wardens Ki Ōtara Trust was one of the objectors and says the decision was welcomed.

"The community can be satisfied that they will not have to tolerate an operation in its backyard, that was dragging huge amounts of money out of a community that could least afford it, primarily through pokie machines," he says.

Rātu has also gone so far as to lodge a claim to include a Treaty of Waitangi clause into the country's liquor laws......

Community advocate driven to “ignite the fire” for Māori law graduates
Australian-born Scottish/Māori bagpipe-playing Highland dancer Jamie-Lee Tuuta’s legal efforts opened the eyes of one High Court judge to a need to consider the cultural background of offenders.

In the case of Alexander, who, from the age of 18 months spent much of his life in care, Justice Davidson said he appreciated Ms Tuuta’s report. It included references to evidence which showed that Māori who explored their culture found a sense of belonging and were less likely to re-offend.

Of Alexander, Jamie-Lee told the judge: “As much as he knows he is Māori, he doesn’t know what that means.”

Justice Davidson said Jamie’s focus on Alexander’s disconnect with his Māori culture was “extremely helpful and enlightening.” He also said it was the first time he had come across such a cultural report, saying it may apply to Pākehā and other ethnicities as well, and he knew many judges who had not come across them.....

Taranaki iwi speak out against intensive farming
Taranaki iwi have spoken out against intensive farming in the region, in a new guide developed to help environmental management.

The criticism came in a document Taiao, Taiora - the Taranaki Iwi Environmental Management Plan.

The guide is intended to help decision-making by iwi, marae, pa, hapū and whānau, as kaitiaki of the Taranaki rohe.

Te Kāhui o Taranaki Iwi chairperson Leanne Horo said the strategy marked an important step towards developing a clear understanding between the iwi and local authorities on matters concerning the natural environment.....

A Northland iwi is disappointed permission has been granted to dredge the Whangarei Harbour
It plans to deepen and realign the harbour entrance, to better accommodate Suezmex vessels, which can only use the harbour 90 per cent full due to the channel's depth.

Patuharakeke iwi trustee Julianne Chetham says it's not what they wanted, but it's pleasing some alterations to resource consents have been made.

The Board will decide tomorrow if it will appeal the decision.....

Former Māori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell has resigned as co-leader
Former Māori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell has resigned as the party's co-leader to take up a new position as the chief executive of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa is the country's second largest tertiary education provider, delivering more than half of the sector's Māori language education.

Mr Flavell said education had always been a big part of his life.....

Zero Carbon Bill submissions exceed 13,000
The submission round for the Zero Carbon Bill has ended with more than 13,000 submissions received.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw says Māoridom has raised many key points and concerns.

The Climate Change Minister says many verbal submissions were made by Māori.

"Māori are very interested in ensuring that there is an ambitious plan for climate change because Māori interests are so affected by climate change."...

China partner in climate clean up
Climate Change Minister James Shaw says New Zealand could be working closely with China on efforts to address climate and environmental challenges.

He says the Zero Carbon Bill needs to carefully consider the position of the Treaty of Waitangi, because it would not be acceptable if Māori economic interests were put at risk for the needs of the wider economy, as has happened too often over the past 170 years.....

A matter of trust: Iwi voice in Christchurch rebuild
You needn't look far through the Christchurch rebuild to see the hand of the Matapopore Charitable Trust.

Designs sandblasted onto buildings, poems etched into stone paths, new artworks, native plantings, and te reo names for new buildings all reinforce its work.

Jointly set up by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and Ngāi Tahu in 2014, the trust gives cultural advice on the rebuild anchor projects. It has invoiced taxpayers and ratepayers for about $2.5 million of consultancy work since then......

Deadline nearing to have your say on representation review
There are just over two weeks left for you to have your say on how you want to be represented by Porirua City Council.

Manager Democratic Services, Lynlee Bailey, said the current review includes a proposal to include Māori names for Porirua’s three electoral wards.

Ms Bailey said the proposal came out of a desire from the Council to better recognise local iwi Ngāti Toa Rangatira, and the significance of te reo Māori in general.

“Your Council wants to know if you agree with the proposal before the review closes on 3 August.”....

Leveraging Māori agribusiness economy
The man charged with improving and developing relationships with dairy giant Fonterra's Māori supplier base believes his work will have positive spinoffs for the entire company.

This has been particularly important given Māori's strong ancestral connection to the land and the statutory role iwi play within the execution of the Resource Management Act.

Māori are reported to own more than 30 per cent of fishing quota, 30 per cent of land under plantation forests, 10 per cent of kiwifruit and dairy production, and 25 per cent of sheep and beef production.....

Kaikōura cycleway plan upsets local iwi: 'No consultation'
A planned cycleway along the coast will cross an urupā - or Māori burial ground - as well as other sacred sites, and cut off access to traditional food gathering areas, Kaikōura iwi say.

"There has been no consultation ... [the sites] have been registered with the Māori land court and these people were actually ignoring our issues," Ms Starkey said.

There were five Wahi Tapu sites along that area of Kaikōura coast, she said....

Māori state house tenant appointed to Housing NZ board
For the first time, a Māori state house tenant has been appointed to the Housing NZ board.

Disability activist and lawyer Dr Huhana Hickey looks to bring a new perspective to the director role.

Hickey says, "I hope I can actually bring the voice of the very tenants that live in there. There's a range of us- we're not all P addicts, we don't all have a lab in our house."

Hickey is a panel member of the Human Rights Review Tribunal and has a PhD in law and science.....

More calls for rongoā Māori and healing practices as treatment options
Award-winning author and wairua practitioner Wiremu Niania says it's time for rongoā Māori and Māori healing practices to be recognised alongside western practice in our healthcare system.

“Our rongoā is natural, there's no chemicals involved,” he says.

Niania says he is the first paid tohunga contracted with Te Tairawhiti District Health Board. He's calling on the government to give more funding for Māori traditional medicine and tohunga......

Māori after-thought in broadcast innovation fund
Māori screen artists feel Māori are an after-thought in a new broadcasting innovation fund.

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curren has announced $6 million for public media content for under-served audiences such as Māori and Pacific peoples, children and regional New Zealand, to be administered jointly by Radio New Zealand and New Zealand on Air.

Erina Tamepo from industry group Ngā Aho Whakaari says the Minister is overhauling public broadcasting with no Māori input and no Māori say on what gets funded.

She says Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta should have insisted Māori have a seat at the table.....

Māori students gain new champion
Ms Manu says Massey’s Tiriti-led strategy is another huge opportunity. “This isn’t about one group getting more than another – it’s about ensuring our rangitahi Māori are empowered and have the same opportunity as other New Zealanders. It’s important people understand that Māori need to advance themselves in a uniquely Māori way because if we deny Māori as a treaty partner, that opportunity, we are in effect advancing one dominant culture and ultimately continuing the process of colonialisation.”......

New scholarships for Maori nurses
New scholarships to support Māori nurse development and innovation, including becoming nurse prescribers or nurse practitioners, have been launched with the support of Pharmac.

Winners of the first Tapuhi Kaitiaki Awards will be announced at the Indigenous Nurses Conference in Auckland on August 11.

Pharmac and Te Pōari o Te Rūnanga o Aotearoa of the New Zealand Nurse Organisation launched the awards with Pharmac chief executive Sarah Fitt, who said the awards acknowledged the role that Māori nurses have as key influencers and role models.....

Iwi to build fences on Ninety Mile Beach
Far North iwi are proposing to build fences along beaches - including New Zealand's popular Ninety Mile Beach - to stop vehicles damaging the local environment.

Te Takiwa o Ahipara spokesman Haami Piripi said several hundred hectares of land was returned to iwi during a Treaty settlement three years ago, and they recently received title for it.

About 5kms would be fenced off, to protect "ecological and cultural values" that are wahi tapu [sacred places], he said.

"They will close off access to the sand hills to the extent we can control and restrict the four-wheel drives and motorbikes," Piripi said.

"We have been trying to do this for a while but haven't had the authority....now the land has been returned to us, it allows us, the landowner, to call the shots.".....

Filmmaker's defence in 'hate speech' case calls on historical Sir Bob Jones remarks
A Māori filmmaker is defending her petition to revoke Sir Bob Jones' knighthood and is building her legal defence against his defamation suit with comments made by the wealthy businessman from as far back as the 1970s......

Māori voices rising in local government
Māori in local government feel their voice is growing, despite the failure of any councils this year to get Māori wards in place.

Bonita Bingham from the association's Te Maruata Māori subgroup says despite Māori ward proposals being overruled by referendum, councils are finding ways toke iwi partnerships and direct appointments to committees to improve the chance of a Māori voice being heard.

There are also more Māori being elected, compared with a decade ago when less than 5 percent of councillors had any whakapapa Māori.

It is going to be young and it is going to be brown and it is going to be beautiful," Ms Bingham says.

She says a call for more power and resources to shift from central to local government could fit well with iwi rangatiratanga.....

Matariki could replace Queen's birthday - Paul Eagle
Labour MP Paul Eagle is leading the charge to have Matariki recognised as a public holiday and it could be possible given the review of the Holidays Act.

Matariki could bump the Queen's Birthday from its public holiday pedestal.

Eagle says "I've taken a proposal to the Māori Caucus and we've looked at whether we replace Queen's Birthday weekend or whether we replace another holiday or create a new one."....

Te Atiawa makes commercial move by snapping up land under police station, court house
Te Atiawa - Taranaki's biggest iwi and a multi-million dollar entity - now owns the land underneath New Plymouth's police station and court house.

As part of its 2014 Treaty of Waitangi settlement deal, the iwi negotiated a $87 million cash payment along with cultural and commercial redress.

As part of the commercial element of the agreement, it was given a sale and leaseback option regarding the land where the police station and court house are situated.....

Councils push for local control
Local Government New Zealand is pushing for a shift of power from central to local government.

Mr Cull says localism will give local citizens, iwi/Māori organisations, businesses and community groups a greater say.

The conference is the first since referendums overturned the attempts by five councils to create Māori seats, and other councils opted to not even try to increase Māori representation because of the fear of backlash.....

Realising Māori potential the focus of new partnership
A shared vision to reduce child poverty rates and social inequity is at the heart of a new funding arrangement between Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and the Peter McKenzie Project (an initiative of the J R McKenzie Trust).

The grant, worth almost $1.4m over five years, is the largest amount ever funded in the history of the J R McKenzie Trust and will be used to help fund a social innovation lab to be based within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. This is a co-investment arrangement whereby both Ngāi Tahu and the Peter McKenzie Project have committed funds to the initiative in a bid to spearhead change and maximise collective impact.

"Our goal is to achieve equity in education, employment and income for all Māori in our takiwā by 2040. We know these are key drivers of whānau empowerment, security and prosperity, and, in transforming outcomes for tamariki." ....

Auckland's Statue of Liberty: Giant statue of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother proposed for Bastion Point
New Zealand's own version of the Statue of Liberty may soon welcome visitors at the entrance to Auckland Harbour.

The structure of Papatūānuku the Earth Mother, proposed by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and part-funded by Auckland Council, would stand 30 to 50 metres tall on the historic headland of Takaparawhau/Bastion Point.

That would make it as big as, if not bigger than, the New York icon, which is 46m.
The iwi has conceived it as Auckland's version of the Statue of Liberty or the 30m Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro, visible in lights at night from across the city, with stunning views from downtown, the North Shore, and from ships and ferries......

Achieving improved outcomes for Māori - Te Toa Takitini
The Independent Māori Statutory Board has identified areas, for this 10-year budget, where additional funding should be applied.

These areas focus on:

* improving visibility and support for Māori identity

* relationship agreements with the 19 iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau

* support for Māori economic development

* infrastructure development for sites of cultural significance.

This will bring the total budget for Te Toa Takitini to $146 million over the next 10 years.

South Auckland iwi want a say in 10,000 new home build
Local South Auckland tribe Te Ākitai o Waiōhua are keen to have a seat at the table following the government's plan to build 10,000 new homes in Māngere.

“This is just the start to ensure that we are at the table to plan and also discuss how we can work together,” says spokesperson David Wilson-Takaanini.

“We're also looking at specific ways we can work with iwi and other Māori organisations to make sure that whānau Māori get a fair shot at the KiwiBuild homes,” says Housing and Urban Development Minister, Phil Twyford.....

Iwi group invests $100m on plans to revive local economy
A Hawke's Bay iwi group is investing more than $100 million in commercial developments with plans to reinvigorate the local economy.

The Mana Ahuriri Trust has launched their plans to become one of the largest commercial property and asset owners in the region.....

First bids for slice of $1b fund
The first regional attempts at grabbing a slice of the government’s $1 billion Provincial Growth Fund are under way.

But one of the applications is for an initiative to prepare secondary school pupils for their next step in life, a programme headed by Tom Hullena on behalf of Masterton District Council.

He said being unprepared for the transition from secondary school into the workforce could increase the risk of long-term workplace failure for young people.

But he wants to strengthen this transition for all pupils, especially young Maori men.

While the finer details are yet to be discussed, he said the idea was to employ about two people to each work with 20 young Maori men – 120 over the three years – who may be at risk of not transitioning smoothly......

Bicultural competence at heart of new degree
A new Bachelor of Communication degree at the University of Canterbury is weaving bicultural awareness and activities into each course of study.

The Bachelor degree in the College of Arts launches in 2019 and will offer four majors: Journalism, Communication Strategy in Practice, Political Communication, and Tauwhitinga Māori: Communication Strategy for the Māori World.

Activities incorporated into the degree include visits to Tuahiwi Marae, work-based projects with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and coursework highlighting Māori perspectives on communication, such as indigenous understandings of risk and writing for Māori news media.....

Maori on list for extra radio content funding
Radio New Zealand and New Zealand on Air have been asked to team up to oversee a new $6 million innovation fund aimed at generating more content for under-served audiences such as Maori and Pacific Peoples, children and regional New Zealand.

Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran yesterday revealed how the $15 million in new funding in the Budget will be carved up....

Ringatū in good heart as tamariki sing out
Tūnuiārangi Mclean was among the hundreds of who attended the commemoration at Rangiwaho Marae, Muriwai, south of Gisborne this week.

He says the turnout was a coming together of the Māori faiths, with Ratana, Pai Maarire and followers of the teachings of the Parihaka prophets also represented.....

Far North sand dunes need protection from vehicles - Te Rarawa
Te Rarawa is taking steps to block motorbikes and offroad vehicles at Ahipara, to protect fragile sand dunes and sites of significance to Te Rarawa.

Te Takiwa o Ahipara spokesman Haami Piripi said conservation reserves returned via the iwi's Treaty settlement would be fenced off, and pouwhenua erected to tell the iwi's stories and connections to the whenua.

"Our colonial history here in the Far North has over time produced a relatively peaceful community, established upon the honour of our respective leaders sharing a nation as partners and expressed through Te Tiriti o Waitangi, signed in 1840 at Te Ahu in Kaitaia," Piripi said.....

Maori games taught to take back to Timaru classrooms
Timaru teachers enjoyed a day of play as they prepare to take Maori games into the classroom.

Sport Canterbury community sport advisor Lawrence Tau, who travelled from Christchurch to run the SportStart Takaro programme, said the main purpose of the initiative was to erase the stigma attached to being Maori.

Maori youth, “especially disconnected Maori”, could benefit from the games because they allowed the children to explore their culture without feeling pressure to know everything, he said....

Tai Tokerau language expert calls for exclusive Northern wānanga
Former Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo board member, and staunch Māori language advocate, Quinton Hita (Ngāpuhi) is calling for a new regional-specific Māori language school specifically for Te Tai Tokerau.

It's call for the Tai Tokerau investment collective of Te Mātāwai to fully fund the establishment of a new language school in the north.

"Perhaps we should look at a collaborative approach and set that money aside for Northland Māori language strategies?" he says.....

Māori Wardens suitable for diversion
New Zealand Māori Council chair Sir Taihākurei Durie wants a greater role for Māori wardens in alternative forms of justice.

Sir Taihākurei says increasing the role of Māori committees and wardens in community development is one of the aims of the new council, which has just finished its triennial elections.

"I would like to actually see the wardens have a direct role in police diversion and those types of schemes that prevent our people being put through the court system.....

Māori speech bad, white speech good for Brash
Auckland Peace Action says the Free Speech Coalition which is suing Auckland Council for refusing to rent a venue to right wing extremists is full of hypocrites and opportunists.

She says hate speech is not free speech but an industry for the racist right who use it as a recruiting tool and a show of power.

Their hate speech creates the environment where racist speech and violence against Tangata Whenua, migrants and refugees is acceptable and normalised......
A further article here > Council sued over white speech 

Tukutuku fund encourages te reo in the kainga
The branch of Māori language organisation Te Mātāwai that represents education, community, broadcasting and urban Māori stakeholders is looking to fund innovative ideas on language revitalisation.

There’s $2 million on offer with the fund open until July 25......

Nash says new iwi community justice panel not a soft option
The first iwi community justice panel in Waitematā has been launched today with the police minister backing it as an effective way to reduce the rate of reoffending in young Māori.

The panel was created in a partnership between Hoani Waititi trustees and police.

"The trustees of Hoani Waititi Marae in Glen Eden have a long history of leading innovative restorative justice programmes," Nash said.....

Patents threaten to misappropriate Māori knowledge 
New research has identified 77 ‘families’ of patent applications for inventions that are of potential concern because of how they aim to use plant species connected to traditional Māori knowledge. 

Around half of the inventions are in the fields of pharmaceuticals or cosmetics, with the United States filing the most applications, followed by China. 

Thirty-three of the families cover some aspect of mānuka, either the plant, honey made from it, or isolates from one of these..... 

Strategic Adviser Maori | Taranaki
The Strategic Adviser works with leaders and staff to support local strategies that focus on accelerating Māori achievement.

The role provides strategic advice and leadership across the Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatū region to help the organisation accelerate Māori educational achievement, seeking equity outcomes and the promotion of Māori identity, language and culture and to support the Director of Education to lead engagements with iwi and Māori stakeholders.....

Councils and iwi come together to support the Kaituna River
A unique collaboration between Bay of Plenty iwi and authorities is examining the impact we are having on local waterways, and working to change it.

A plan of how to help restore and enhance the health of the Kaituna River, produced by a collective with representatives from different groups, has just been released.....

Māori public health org wants healthier food policies at sports clubs
New Zealand's largest Māori public health organisation is backing new research from the University of Otago to take bold action against the obesity crisis.

They're calling on minister for sport and recreation Grant Robertson and the minster of health Dr David Clark to help sports clubs to implement healthier nutrition policies....

ITPs look to embrace Māori innovation
For the first time, the National Institutes of Technology and Polytechs (ITPs) annual symposium has implemented a Māori theme, with a specific focus on Māori innovation.

ITPs are preparing for a generation of culturally immersed Māori students coming from full-immersion education.

Te Urikore Biddle (Tuhoe, Kahungunu, Ngāti Awa) from UNITEC, says, “Māori is their first language, Māori philosophy is at the forefront of their thoughts at all times so ITPs and the wider education sector must be ready for that group as they come through.”

“The tribes and groups that are working hard and trying to nurture and develop Māori communities,” says Biddle.

“The key to getting more success and realising the potential of that $15bil is that we collaborate... so an iwi might have land and another iwi might have cash, you combine the resources of all three and then you're in a more powerful position than each of them are individually,” says Grant......

Labour’s Māori caucus considers Matariki public holiday
A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday is being weighed up by the Labour Party’s Māori caucus – and if the bill gains widespread support within the party it could be introduced as a private member’s bill......

New Maori Disability Action Plan out now
The Ministry of Health has launched a brand new Maori Disability Action Plan for 2018-2022

The Plan is available in:

* Easy Read
* Te Reo Maori.
You can download it now from the Ministry of Health website and the People First NZ Easy Read page.....

Maori seats only guarantee of representation
Labour’s deputy Leader Kelvin Davis says the Māori seats remain a vital way for Māori to be represented in the affairs of the nation, and he’d like to see them entrenched.

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikātene has a bill requiring a 75 percent majority before any changes could be made to the seats.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has said his party won’t vote for unless it is supported by a referendum that also asks whethee the seats should remain at all.

Mr Peters says MMP has delivered a greater number of Māori MPs, but Mr Davis says only the Māori seat MPs are accountable to Māori voters......

Tapuhi Kaitiaki takes nurses to next step
The Nurses’ Organisation and government drug buying agency Pharmac have teamed up to create new awards to help Māori nurses advance in the profession.

Tāpuhi Kaitiaki Awards will help nurses undertake further study to become nurse prescribers and nurse practitioners.

Atene Andrews from Pharmac says the awards arose from a survey which aimed to identify what could be holding Māori nurses back.....

NZQA credits
* Demonstrate knowledge of tikanga Māori in relation to the treatment of an injury – 2 Credits

* Demonstrate knowledge of tikanga Māori in relation to the human anatomy – 2 Credits

* Explain anger management in an oranga context - 4 Credits

* Compare western medicine with rongoā Māori in relation to prevention and treatment – 3 Credits

* Explain impact of tangihanga on tamariki and rangatahi - 4 Credits

* Compare modern and traditional Māori diet and nutrition – 4 Credits

Maori Outcomes Coordinator – Fixed Term
Date: 09-Jul-2018

Location: Central Auckland, NZ, 1010

Company: Auckland Council

* Maternity leave cover for 8 months starting September 2018

* Be part of an organisation who is shaping spaces for Aucklander’s to love

* Unique opportunity to play a key support and administration role in Maori engagement

The opportunity
During this 8 month maternity leave cover, you will be providing support to our project teams through centralised facilitation and management of administration processes associated with Māori engagement......

Compulsory te reo Maori would 'do so much good' for New Zealand, actor says
Te reo Māori should be compulsory in schools if New Zealand wants to progress as a diverse country, a veteran actor says.

While not everyone is good at picking up languages, having te reo Māori in schools "would do this country so much good", according to Rāwiri Paratene.

The actor's been arguing the case for it since marching the steps of Parliament with protest group Ngā Tamatoa in the 1970s, and his mind hasn't changed.....

Calls for prosecution after damage to Māori archaeological site
An Auckland iwi treaty settlement body is calling for prosecutory action after a previously unknown archaeological site was damaged on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki Tribal Trust chairman James Brown has claimed 49 cows died in the summer heat on Boxing Day last year before being buried in a hole that damaged a midden - where early Māori stored food waste.

Department of Conservation Auckland Inner Islands operations manager Keith Gell said Heritage New Zealand had discovered there had been a slight accidental disturbance of a corner of the midden.

"The cows were buried at a location that, according to the map, was free of archaeological sites. That's because no one knew the midden was there because it was hidden underground.

"In digging a hole to bury the dead cows, the farmer was unaware he'd slightly disturbed the corner of a midden."

Meanwhile, Ngāi Tai just had its third and final reading of bill in Parliament over own settlement with Crown that includes exclusive sites on Motutapu Island. ....

Normalising Māori langauge within the legal profession
The first ever Māori language workshop for those in the legal profession was held at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland. The Māori Law Society say the aim is to develop the understanding of Māori language in legal settings.

Speaking on behalf of The Māori Law Society, Alana Thomas says the aims is “for te reo Māori to be normalised in the courts, to flow within all areas of the legal world, to come naturally from the lips of judges, lawyers, everyone within the legal profession.”

Jeremy Tātere McCleod says the idea for this workshop was to teach the relevant Māori words and sentences related to legal services and proceedings, to enable those within the profession to speak it daily.....

Questions why kapa haka doesn't gain university entrance
Fresh off the He Pouwhenua, He Puapua secondary schools national kapa haka competition stage, former Māori Medium students and Māori Performing Arts (MPA) leaders are asking why the hours of sacrifice don't count when seeking entrance to university.

“Not everyone wants to be a doctor, not everyone wants to be a lawyer, they just want to do haka and that's just Te Ao Māori, that's what they've grown up with,” said one former student.

“When we were at school we took performing arts as a subject, we got credits in Māori Performing Arts, but those credits weren't cross-credited to gain University Entrance,” said another.

Kapa haka leaders are joining the call for MPA to be recognised as a core curriculum subject.....

Scouts NZ lists unprofitable Scoutlands campsite for sale
Scouts New Zealand is selling off land in Whanganui as the group scrambles to stay afloat, but local iwi say the land belongs to them.

Scoutlands campsite on Lake Wiritoa is for sale, with Scouts saying it "no longer makes a significant contribution to our youth development programme".

But Ngāti Tupoho members say they have not been consulted, and they are concerned any development of land would breach tangata whenua rights outlined in the Treaty of Waitangi.....

Māori names given to community boards
Community boards now have Māori names to reflect an increased awareness of the language and culture.

The seven community boards have been given names, which are to be added at the front of the current English ones. They also feature in their agendas.

“Ngāi Tahu relationship team have created the following names that reflects the wants of the rūnanga, and the desire to keep a Māori worldview towards naming each community board,” a city council spokeswoman said.

She said there had been an increase in awareness of te ao Māori (Māori worldview) by community board members and city council staff.....

Development of New Māori Music standards
Māori Qualifications Services is pleased to advise that three (3) new New Māori Music unit standards were approved for listing on the Directory of Assessment Standards in June 2018.....

Governor Orr draws on Tāne-mahuta to tell RBNZ's new story
There is a new broom at the head of New Zealand's central bank, and he's planning to shift the mindset of the institution towards better embracing the rich cultural diversity of the country.

Adrian Orr is part Cook Islander and grew up in a largely Māori community in the central North Island, and since he took the helm of the Reserve Bank this year phrases like tikanga Māori and te Reo have begun to feature prominently on its list of priorities.

Orr was the first of New Zealand's central bankers to be welcomed with an official pōwhiri in March fronted by the bank's recently formed waiata group, and at his first press conference announcing the official cash rate in May he greeted journalists in English, Māori and sign language. Under his watch, the bank's Statement of Intent, where it sets out its strategic objectives to the government for the next four years, highlights its intent to embed te Reo and tikanga Māori into the culture of the bank......

Historical Abuse in State Care Royal Commission
The legacy of people taken into state care who suffered neglect and abuse is a stain on our country’s history. A majority of people who have been in state care are Māori and also Pasifika. While some people received a better education and start in life, regrettably many did not and suffered abuse and neglect.

The Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called for this matter to be the subject of an independent inquiry. The Government has accepted the task by establishing the Royal Commission.....

Winston Peters wants 'two-part referendum' on Māori seats
Acting Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is calling for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.

Labour MP Rino Tirikatene's member's bill to entrench the seven Māori seats was pulled from the members' ballot in May and will soon have its first reading in Parliament.

New Zealand First campaigned on holding a binding referendum on whether to abolish the seats.....

Whakatāne iwi appeal water bottling consents
A Whakatāne iwi is asking for the Environment Court to decline a Chinese owned company the consents to 1.1 billion litres of water for bottling.

Last month, the government gave approval for Creswell New Zealand - owned by Chinese company Nongfu Spring Co Limited - to buy land near Whakatāne for a $42.5 million expansion of its current bottling plant.

Resource consents were then granted by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and the Whakatāne District Council.....

Birth centre adopts traditional Maori practices
Tauranga families will have more options when it comes to labour following the introduction of a traditional Maori birthing tool at Bethlehem Birthing Centre.

The centre has recently introduced a pounamu pito (umbilical) cord cutter for families to use during labour, which falls in line with traditional Maori birthing practices.

According to Te Ao Maori, there is a strong sense of connection between people and the land they come from – people come from Papatūānuku (earth mother) and when they die they then return to Papatūānuku......

Final reading of treaty settlement for hapū destroyed by Crown
A Waikato-Tainui hapū which was left landless and had its community destroyed by the Crown had the final reading of its Treaty of Waitangi settlement in Parliament today.

The settlement included $10.3 million of financial compensation and the chance to buy Crown properties.

Ngāti Tamaoho's area of interest extends from the Awhitu Peninsula across Franklin District and the Hunua Ranges and also includes both Waikato wetlands and central Auckland.....

New Zealanders deserve a referendum on Māori seats
Democracy Action welcomes Winston Peters’ call for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.

“NZ First has campaigned for many years on holding a binding referendum on whether to abolish the seats, and we are pleased Mr Peters is taking this opportunity to allow voters to decide,” says the founder of Democracy Action, Lee Short.

“The Māori seats are from a bygone era, and should have been removed when MMP was introduced in 1996, as recommended by the Royal Commission.”.....

Ngāti Whātua supports application for America's Cup build
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has today filed an application with the Environment Court supporting the notified resource consent of Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku), which will allow for infrastructure to be developed ahead of the America’s Cup.

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei had previously opposed a resource consent for extensive modifications on the waterfront, which the iwi said would degrade the mauri (spirit) of the Waitemata.

Trust Deputy Chairman Ngarimu Blair says the iwi is now confident that the development agency understands the importance of the Waitemata Harbour as a taonga.

He says Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is also encouraged by the City’s support to investigate the establishment of a Māori/Polynesian cultural centre somewhere along the Waterfront CBD......

Electoral Commission promote Māori roll in te reo Māori
The Electoral Commission is down at the He Pouwhenua, He Puapua Secondary Schools Kapa Haka National Competition promoting the Māori roll and the General roll using te reo Māori.

The commission has called upon their staff who are able to speak te reo Māori to promote both the Māori and General rolls to rangatahi Māori.

Mona-Pauline Mangakāhia says you have to have Māori blood in you in order to be on the Māori roll

“The Māori roll is only for those who are a direct decedent of a Māori ancestor.”....

Matariki bill heads to Labour Maori Caucus
A proposal to make Matariki a national holiday has gone to Labour’s Maori Caucus.
Labour MP Paul Eagle said if it gets approved there it will then head to Labour’s wider caucus. At that point the proposal could become a bill and eventually law.

Responding to a call from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to replace Queens’ Birthday with Matariki, Eagle said that he would look at replacing other holidays as well.....

Leading Māori educations claim closure of Kura Hourua in breach of Treaty of Waitangi
Leading Māori educators claim closure of Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua is in breach of the Treaty of Waitangi

Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi yesterday lodged a Treaty of Waitangi claim alleging that the Crown’s actions in closing Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua will have a disproportionately detrimental effect on Māori.

Sir Toby said the claim was important because the large majority of the 1500 students at the schools that are being shut down are Māori, many of whom have enrolled in these schools to get a fresh start in education and get their lives back on track. Six of the eleven Kura Hourua currently in operation have between 87% and 100% Maori rolls......

Pioneering te reo metal band say they're 'fighting for everyone who has been ripped off by colonial governments'
“Not a lot of kids have had a father who pretty much knows everything about their genealogy all the way down to our ancestors who landed here thousands of years ago.”.....

Environmental group taking council and winery to High Court over Te Mata Peak track
An environmental group is going to take Hastings District Council and Craggy Range winery to the High Court to challenge the decision to cut a controversial track up Te Mata Peak.

The track which was built late last year sparked an outcry by the iwi and others, prompting the winery to later say it would remove the track. But in May the winery said it was unable to remove the track and its favoured option was to have it remain.

Some iwi members, including those at Waimarama marae, were unhappy with this decision.

EDS chief executive officer Gary Taylor said proceedings would be filed in the High Court at Napier later this week challenging the decision-making process that led to the track being cut.

Taylor said EDS would argue that the decision to approve the track was unlawful and will seek an order for its removal.

"We are filing these proceedings because it has become clear that we can no longer rely on the earlier assurances of Craggy Range Vineyards that it would remove the track," he said.....

Maori posters promote hygiene and tidiness
Vogeltown School pupils are among the first New Plymouth kids to get their hands on a series of novel posters that use humour to promote the use of Te Reo Maori.

But the colourful free posters, designed and produced by commercial cleaning company CrestClean, also contain important health, hygiene, and environmental messages.

Mike said as well as promoting Te Reo, the posters dovetailed with the Vogeltown School’s karikea. “It’s part of our mission statement about caring for the land and that’s about picking up rubbish.”.....

Awanuiārangi leads largest ever study of the Māori language
The “largest and most sophisticated study ever” of the Māori language will analyse data extracted from the internationally recognised longitudinal study Growing Up In New Zealand.

The study of 7000 children collects detailed information about individuals and their families from before birth and into the children’s adulthood. The children are currently around 8 years old....

US business called out for selling fake mummified Māori tattooed heads
Dapper Cadaver, a Californian based halloween themed prop design business, had fake mokomokai available to buy online for $110.

Facebook users expressed their shock in finding fake mokomokai were being sold for entertainment purposes.

In a statement, the owners of Dapper Cadaver said they have since decided to stop selling the replicas out of respect for Māori people.....

Lower Wanganui land settlement negotiations in full swing
It's an exciting time with negotiation for settlement of lower Wanganui land claims going strongly, lead negotiator Ken Mair says.

The negotiations happen about every two weeks, alternating between Wanganui and Wellington. They are intensive and there is a long way to go before an agreement in principle (AIP) can be signed.

Those on the Wanganui side of the table include Mair, Richard Kingi and various iwi historians and experts. On the other side is chief Crown negotiator Rick Barker.
Wanganui tribes are lucky to have research from the Waitangi Tribunal process to inform their negotiations, Mair said.....

Vehicle access to be limited at Mt Wellington summit
The summit of Maungarei in Auckland will close to vehicles in the next few weeks.

Construction will soon begin on a number of enhancements, including the build of a new visitor car park and toilet block at the base of the mountain.

The process will take 12 weeks, but after that, the summit will close to all private motor vehicles, including motorbikes and scooters.

An exception will be made for vehicle access for people who have limited mobility.

Their drivers will need to contact the Auckland Council to obtain an access code.....

Kahungunu and Corrections sign kawenata
Ngāti Kahungunu have signed a kawenata (agreement) with the Department of Corrections that would see the iwi play a more pivotal role in reintegrating prisoners back into the community when they leave prison.

"We want to be able to work with the families before even going to prison, as well as when they get out," says Ngahiwi Tomoana, Ngāti Kahungunu Chairman.

"I support all iwi in this, Ngāti Kahungunu is one of the first to sign this agreement with Te Ara Poutama [Corrections], and it makes sense because of inmates in prison are our relations," says Kelvin Davis, Minister of Corrections.....

Projects to develop te reo Māori money words and resources
Moves are underway to re-establish te reo Māori as a language of wealth and money.

A Victoria University project, backed by the Financial Markets Authority, ASB, the NZ Super Fund and Harbour Asset Management, is compiling a lexicon of 100 key financial terms.

Meanwhile, Banqer is set to launch a te reo Māori version of its online programme, aimed at training a generation of schoolchildren to be good with money.

Banqer's founder Kendall Flutey said the move was prompted by requests from teachers in Kura Kaupapa Māori immersion schools.....

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